A bit about myself and what I offer

My name is Diana Benjamin and I am an independent Marriage and Family Celebrant. I have been trained by and I am a member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants.

I live in the New Forest, Hampshire with my family and ménage of rescued animals. My background is working as a therapist and Feng Shui Consultant, helping people and their homes feel happy!

Creating beautiful, bespoke ceremonies for couples on their wedding day is my passion and I love being part of something so special that will be remembered and treasured.

What is a Celebrant?

A Celebrant is a person who has been specially trained by a relevant organisation to create and conduct wedding ceremonies.

The Celebrant will create a unique ceremony that expresses your personalities, reflects the love you have for one another, and is done in an environment and a way that should fulfil your dreams.

Why Use A Celebrant?

Lots of good reasons for that! A Registrar can only marry you in a licensed venue. The joy of using a celebrant is that you choose where you have your ceremony.

Whether it be in the restaurant where you were proposed to, a church hall or in the intimacy of your garden. The choice is yours.

A Registrar will usually have a standard one fits all script full of legal jargon. A celebrant will write you a beautiful bespoke ceremony that is about you and celebrates your love.

Registrars are kept to a time, whereas celebrants are not. The whole day is kept just for you.

You don’t usually know who will turn up to marry you when you use a Registrar, but you will meet your celebrant a few times before your wedding and probably have lots of phone chats too.

The legal side of getting married

In the UK, celebrants cannot legally register your marriage, so you will need to pop along to the register office as and when you choose (before or after, it’s up to you) to complete the paperwork. It should only take around 15 minutes.

If you are thinking that you would prefer to have the legal bit within the ceremony, bear in mind that in England and Wales you only have to make 2 short statements, comprising 41 words plus your names, in order to be legally married.

I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I (your name) may not be joined in matrimony to (partners name), and……

I call up these persons here present to witness that I (your name) do take thee (partners name) to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband).

Now compare that to having your dream wedding where you are not restricted by convention or law.